Rihanna has just broken another major fashion milestone by featuring plus size models during her recent Savage x Fenty Vol.2 show currently streaming exclusively on Amazon Prime, for a long time now the fashion industry hasn’t seen a lot of inclusivity well especially for men it has always been a certain type of representation which means “defined pecs and a rugby-ish build” so for men like Steven G who fronts the XXL Savage x Fenty male collection and Lizzo this is groundbreaking as lots of people feel like they are a part of a community that still knows that people like them still exist.
Although the Savage Vol.2 show over the last couple of days have seen a few mixed reactions from fans which the singer has come out to apologize, this one feat by the singer and her team have endeared her to many people who were feeling left out to a certain kind of beauty requirement which they couldn’t match up to.
Men and even women who see themselves in her show have taken to social media to praise Rihanna’s inclusion and body diversity.
“I just realized [I] have never seen a male model with a body type close to mine that wasn’t there as a joke. Seeing this made me really happy,”
writes Twitter user @snugiebum5.
“They even kept the stretch marks.”
Never in my adult life have I seen a male model that has a similar body to mine. I feel… almost emotional? Like I finally can buy something I saw and want and KNOW it was made for people like me in mind 😭
— Cody Jacob (@codyjacobmusic) October 2, 2020
No cap seeing Rihanna having a plus size male model got me feeling more confident then usual
— Thick Daddy Nick (@nicholasthedons) October 3, 2020
The Plus Size Model by name Steven G who got featured on the Savage x Fenty Vol.2 show had this to say
Steven G. wrote in an Instagram post.
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So I first want to say THANK YOU to each and every person who has reached out and especially to those who’ve shared their stories of inspiration. I never would’ve thought my first time ever shirtless on the internet would be with @badgalriri for @savagexfenty. I was EXTREMELY hesitant the moment my agency confirmed but something in me knew I couldn’t let this opportunity pass me by. I thought this was for me but this is for every guy built with some extra meat, that unbuttons that bottom button when tryna avoid the crease, that has to shop around like crazy cause the sizes for us are already gone but we sauce up a fit and still flex the drip. We here, we are sexy, and we are the wave. And don’t let nobody tell you that you aren’t! Huge thanks to my agency @bridgemodels for everything. They TRULY bridge the gap and know what true representation means. & also the Savage Team! Y’all talents made this so smooth and we’re a pleasure to work with. Production: @scottyvillegas_ 📸: @cindygromero ; Style: @jessicaelisarosales / @kitawita7 ; Grooming: @hkassel / @__oskie__
Another plus-size male model featured in the Savage x Fenty show, who goes by oouizz, also gave thanks to Rihanna for allowing him to to be part of the representation. “WE MADE HISTORY! The #SAVAGEXFENTYSHOW Vol. 2 is oozing with inclusivity and I’m so proud to be a part of this!” Soouizz wrote in an Instagram post.
— Soouizz (@SoOuIzZz) October 2, 2020
Men and masculine-presenting people deserve body positivity and Rihanna is ensuring that conversation happens and that’s the positivity that we all need at this moment.